Book Treats At Avondale Regional Library,
Branch Of Birmingham Public
July 18, 2001
The music blasted out "Tummy Tango" from the CD Kid's In
Motion by Greg and Steve and the YD librarian at Avondale Regional
Library, a branch of the Birmingham Public, moved to the words. She called
out different shapes to scrunch or bend your body into - apples, donuts,
spaghetti, pretzels – that included parents and children of all ages!
A story followed, (Sitting Down To Eat by Bill Harvey), and
children held up delightful cut- outs and pretended to be a lion, alligator,
hippo and tiger. At the end, to the surprise of the audience, a springy,
striped caterpillar jumped out of a can!
More unexpected pleasures! The room was divided into seven food stations.
The children visited these area for such yummy treats as lemonade,
applesauce, chocolate chip cookies, jelly beans, goldfish, pickles and
pancakes. Well, not exactly your normal menu but the children loved it,
especially the syrup and mini-pancakes. One boy boasted that he ate 15
pancakes plus his other treats. How did this menu come about? These foods
were tied into book titles, If You Give a Pig a Pancake by Laura
Numerous, Jellybeans For Sale by Bruce Macmillan, Pickles to
Pittsburgh by Judo Barrette, Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfizer, Lemonade
for Sale by Stuart Murphy, The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutches, and The
Mouse and the Apple by Stephen Butler.
When the children visited the food stations, they received a slip of
paper containing a book title related to the food at that station. They had
to match these book titles to illustrated posters on the wall. Of course,
some were in need of a parent or librarian’s help to read the slip of
paper, but there was plenty of help around! Following this exercise, parents
were encouraged to check out books with food in the title and to prepare a
meal around this idea.
Librarians are so good at making learning and reading fun and encouraging
others to develop a love of books and joy of reading.
This is just a sample of the many monthly family programs that are
available for all aged children at the Birmingham Public Libraries –
Central and Branches.